Magazine article Sunset

A Trip for Every Taste

Magazine article Sunset

A Trip for Every Taste

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MIDWAY, UT

On the cheese trail

Today, artisanal cheese producers are creating creamy rounds with the same nuanced terroir of wine, making it a good year to travel just for cheese. One of our favorites is Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, 45 miles from Salt Lake City. Its specialties include queso fresco and juustoleipa Finnish cheese. Weekly tours with cheesemaker Grant Kohler include a look at the state-of-the-art facility, a lesson in cheesemaking, and a peek at the cave where the cheese is aged. Sign up for a cheese- or yogurt-making class, and you'll go home with your own, plus a handy kit with the recipe. $s tour, $30 class (DIY fresh mozzarella class on Feb hebervalleyartisancheese.com

BEST TIME TO GO February, for the DIY class (and a chance to spot elk).

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STAY Homestead Resort, a gracious, century-old hotel just 2 miles from the creamery, has cottage-style suites and rooms that offer a quiet escape. From $224; homesteadresort.com;

HATCH, Nm

On the chile trail

Welcome to the Chile Capital of the World, 190 miles south of Albuquerque. Take home a spicy souvenir anytime, but on Labor Day weekend, 20,000 heat seekers come for chile-eating contests, mariachi, and the Chile Queen crowning at the Hatch Chile Festival. …

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